Breaking Down the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

Learn more about how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act can benefit design practitioners and business owners.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has been working to secure relief for the design and construction industry, and, specifically, the thousands of small business and sole practitioner interior designer firms and firm employees represented by the Society.

On March 27, the third coronavirus relief package was signed into law. Many of the items requested by ASID in our March 23 letter to Congressional leadership were included in this package. Bryan J. Soukup, Esq., ASID Vice President of Government & Public Affairs (GPA), walks you through the sections of the stimulus package relevant to the design profession and industry, providing analysis and commentary on what is being offered to Americans to help students, practitioners, and business owners recover from the economic interruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Moderated by Randy W. Fiser, Hon. FASID

This is a recording of a webinar presented on March 31, 2020.

Learning outcomes: 
  • Understand key aspects of the coronavirus economic stimulus package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (as passed the U.S. Senate on 3/26/2020).
  • Identify sections of the stimulus package relevant to the industry.
  • Become familiar with the opportunities available to help students, practitioners, and business owners recover from the economic interruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Continuing Education Units: Not eligible for continuing education credit/CEUs.

Bryan Soukup, Esq.

Vice President, Government & Public Affairs, ASID

As Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for ASID, Bryan J. Soukup, Esq., leads the Society's strategic efforts to advocate for the interior design profession from a legislative, regulatory, and policy perspective before the federal and state governments. He is the Society's sole registered federal lobbyist and chief advocate at the state and local levels. Prior to joining ASID in summer 2018, Soukup served as the director of Resilience Initiatives and as a registered federal and state lobbyist for the International Code Council (ICC), the nation's foremost model construction codes and standards developer. In these roles, he was responsible for government advocacy, outreach, and policy concerning resilience and disaster mitigation. He served as the International Code Council's chief ambassador to national and international resilience and sustainability projects, including two years as the founding-executive director of ICC's resilience-based subsidiary, the Alliance for National & Community Resilience (ANCR).

Randy W. Fiser, Hon. FASID (Moderator)

CEO, ASID

Randy W. Fiser leads the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) as chief executive officer, overseeing the strategic planning, financial management, and national operations for the Society’s more than 25,000 members who work across all sectors of residential and commercial interior design. He leads the network of 46 ASID chapters throughout the United States and Canada to advance the profession and to communicate the impact of interior design to enhance the human experience and to transform lives. Dedicated to advancing community and economic development, Fiser brings to his role a unique point of view about the capacity of design to make a positive impact on human health, well-being, and productivity.

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Breaking Down the CARES Act Part One Webinar Recording
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Open to view video. View part one of the recording of a live webinar presented on March 31, 2020, featuring Bryan Soukup, Esq. Vice President, Government & Public Affairs, ASID and Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID. Part One is 26 minutes long and includes the complete overview of the legislation.
Breaking Down the CARES Act Part Two Webinar Recording
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Open to view video. View part two of the recording of a live webinar presented on March 31, 2020, featuring Bryan Soukup, Esq. Vice President, Government & Public Affairs, ASID and Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID. Part Two is 27 minutes long and includes the moderated Q&A session.
Breaking Down the CARES Act Presentation Slides
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CARES Act Summary
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Open to download resource. Please review this 2 page summary of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act prepared by ASID GPA.